Who We Are

Our Philosophy

hearing first professional audiology staff
Hearing First Professional Staff

Hearing First’s Audiology division is lead by Jason Levy. Jason has over 17 years of experience in the hearing industry, and has worked in the NHS and the private hearing aid market. Our philosophy is to put your hearing first – we’re passionate about providing the latest, high technology hearing solutions to help you get the most out of your hearing. We believe in the motto “Hear Better, Live Better”. However, hearing aids are only one part of the equation…

Three Divisions, One Purpose: Total Hearing Care

Hearing First is a brand of First Health Ltd, which also encompasses The Microsuction Ear Wax Removal Network and The London Tinnitus Treatment Clinic.  We’re passionate about helping you get the most out of your hearing, whether that is by removing ear wax, helping you cope with tinnitus, or providing the latest, high technology hearing solutions to help you stay connected with work colleagues, friends and loved ones, even in challenging listening situations.

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The Science and Art of Audiology

Over the years as technology has progressed, hearing aids have become more and more advanced. In response, Audiology as a profession has become more and more scientific, but in real life people aren’t just a bunch of numbers described by their audiogram. Just as some people like classical music, others like jazz, or pop or rock music. Some people will listen to music very softly, while others prefer to turn their stereo up to full volume. Similarly, it is a given that any qualified hearing aid audiologist should be able to perform a hearing test and adjust your hearing aids to the prescription (fitting) formula – that is the Science of Audiology. But there are at least five prescription formulae in common usage and all of them are different, yet have research backing their use. For instance, one formula aims to “restore natural loudness growth, so that soft sounds are soft but audible, and loud sounds are loud but comfortable”, while another formula emphasises certain speech sounds over others. The result of this is that some fitting formulae sound more sharp and crisp, while others sound more smooth and rounded… some will sound louder and others softer. Finding the right formula for you and making the right fine tuning adjustments is the Art of Audiology, and this comes down to us listening to you, assessing your needs, making adjustments and verifying that you are getting the right balance of comfort and clarity.

Independent Audiologists

Just like there are many different fitting formulae, there are at least nine hearing aid manufacturers that are active in the UK market. The aim of all hearing aid manufacturers is to improve your ability to hear speech, but they all do it in a different way and they all sound slightly different. Every year, manufacturers bring out new hearing aids to improve your ability to hear in background noise, reduce listening fatigue, make music sound better, allow you to stream sound from your iPhone® or iPad®, or even combine hearing aids with your glasses.

Which manufacturer and model is the best for your needs will depend on your lifestyle requirements and your personal priorities, as well as your previous experience (if any) with hearing aids. Some manufacturers specialise in certain niches (for example, spectacle hearing aids or Made for iPhone® hearing aids), or work particularly well with tinnitus. As manufacturers improve their own technology, the best hearing aid manufacturer or model for a particular need will change over time. What makes us different from most High Street retailers is that we are not part-owned by any manufacturer and can provide you with the best hearing aid for your needs, regardless of manufacturer or model.

Total Hearing Care

Our aim is to offer you total hearing care, so not only do we provide the best hearing aid technology, we are also specialists in tinnitus treatment and in microsuction ear wax removal. We believe that keeping your ears healthy will enable you to get the most out of your hearing aids.

Our Passion

Our passion, in line with our “Hear Better, Live Better” philosophy, is to help you get the most out of your hearing. We do this by staying up to date with the latest and best hearing aid technology and providing you with Total Hearing Care. All of our Audiologists have been hand picked because they have this passion to help you to hear better and live better, and they are all trained and certified in microsuction ear wax removal, and keep up to date with all the major manufacturers latest models.

Our Staff

Jason Levy, Lead Audiologist

Jason Levy Lead Audiologist At Hearing First
  • 17 years in the hearing industry
  • Worked in NHS and private audiology
  • Specialist in Tinnitus Treatment
  • Certified Microsuction Practitioner
  • Trained in Endoscopic Ear Wax Removal techniques under Mr Darius Rejali, Consultant ENT Surgeon.
  • Passionate about helping you hear better and live better.

Andrew Bean, Senior Specialist Audiologist

Andrew Bean Senior Audiologist At Hearing First
Andrew Bean MSc Senior Specialist Audiologist At Hearing First
  • Qualified as an Audiology Technician in 1982
  • Became Chief Technician in Kent in 1987
  • Gained MSc in Technical Audiology from University College London in 1997
  • Became Lead Audiologist for East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust in 2006
  • Worked with NHS Improvement Agency between 2003 and 2008 to establish the protocols for Modernising Hearing Aid Services
  • Certified Microsuction Practitioner
  • Passionate about helping you hear better and live better

Samantha Godkin, Senior Audiologist

Samantha Godkin Senior Audiologist At Hearing First
  • 27 years experience as an Audiologist
  • Has worked in both NHS and Private Audiology
  • Tinnitus Practitioner, trained by the British Tinnitus Association
  • Former Elected Council Member of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (the professional body for private Audiology in Great Britain) sitting on the Customer Care Committee
  • Certified Microsuction Practitioner
  • Trained by Mr Darius Rejali, Consultant ENT Surgeon
  • Passionate about all aspects of hearing care and very experienced in complex hearing aid fittings and rehabilitation in both the NHS and Private sector.

Breda Ryan, Senior Audiologist

Breda Ryan Senior Audiologist At Hearing First
Breda Ryan Senior Audiologist At The Microsuction Earwax Removal Network
  • Speech and Language Therapist since 2010
  • BSc Audiology with 1st Class Honours
  • Has worked in NHS and private Audiology
  • Certified Microsuction Practitioner
  • Strong focus on client centred care and clinical best practice
  • Working part time while completing her MSc Audiology at the University of Southampton
  • Passionate about helping you hear better and live better.

Nina McDowell, Senior Audiologist

Nina McDowell Senior Audiologist At Hearing First
Nina McDowell, Senior Audiologist At Hearing First
  • FdSc in Hearing Aid Audiology
  • Has worked in both NHS and Private Audiology
  • Certified Microsuction Practitioner
  • Trained under Mr Neel Umapathy, Consultant ENT Surgeon
  • Passionate about helping you hear better and live better

Mary Levy RN PGDip, Microsuction Specialist Nurse Practitioner

Mary Levy Microsuction Specialist Nurse Practitioner At Hearing First
Mary Levy RN, Microsuction Specialist Nurse Practitioner at Hearing First
  • Graduated in Nursing in 2006
  • Worked in the NHS since 2008
  • Certified Microsuction Practitioner
  • Passionate about helping you hear better and live better
  • Currently on maternity leave.

Raspal Kaur, Senior Audiologist

Raspal Kaur Senior Audiologist At Hearing First
Raspal Kaur, Audiologist at Hearing First
  • 11 years in the hearing industry
  • Previously worked in the NHS and now as a private audiologist
  • Special Interest in Tinnitus Treatment
  • Certified Microsuction Practitioner
  • Trained in Endoscopic Ear Wax Removal techniques under Mr Darius Rejali, Consultant ENT Surgeon.
  • Passionate about helping you hear better and live better.